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HP Govt Sets up Fake News Monitoring Unit

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 Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Government has constituted ‘Fake News Monitoring Unit’ to check the circulation of fake news related to Coronavirus and take appropriate remedial measures. The decision was taken in the wake of the orders of the Supreme Court of India.

The Supreme Court in its orders has directed, “In particular, we expect the media (Print, Electronic or Social) to maintain a strong sense of responsibility and ensure that unverified news capable of causing panic is not disseminated. A daily bulletin by the Government of India through all media avenues including social media and forum to clear the doubts of people would be made active within 24 hours as submitted by the Solicitor General of India. We do not intend to interfere with the free discussion about the pandemic, but direct the media refer to and publish the official version about the developments”.

The Press Council of India has also advised the media to responsibly ensure dissemination of verified news on COVID-19 outbreak.

The “Fake News Monitoring Unit” would supervise and check the circulation of fake, false and incorrect news besides sharing of anonymous data related to Coronavirus in Print, Electronic and Digital/Social Media. The Unit will recommend corrective measures and appropriate action as per the provision of the Law to the concerned Authorities/Agencies. The Fake News Monitoring Unit would start functioning with immediate effect, said the Government.

The Fake News Monitoring Unit would be chaired by Director Information and Public Relations, Harbans Singh Brascon. The members will include the S.P. Cyber Crime, Sandeep Dhawal, Joint Director Health, Vinod Sharma, Joint Director IT, Anil Semwal, Joint Director, Information and Public Relations (I&PR), Pradeep Kunwar and Mahesh Pathania, Deputy Director I&PR, Dharmender Singh, Deputy Director Technical, I&PR U.C. Kaundal and Manager IT, Himachal Pradesh Secretariat Kishore Sharma.

The Government said that as per the provision of Information Technology Act, 2000 all Social Media platforms are required to inform their users not to host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, update or share any information that may affect public order and unlawful in any way.

The social media platforms are required to initiate awareness campaigns on their platforms for the users not to upload or circulate any false news or misinformation concerning coronavirus which is likely to create panic amongst the public and disturb the public order and social tranquillity.

The Government said that social media platforms should take immediate action to disable or remove such content hosted on their platforms on a priority basis and promote the dissemination of authentic information related to coronavirus as far as possible. 

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With 78 Deaths Himachal Reports Highest Covid Fatalities in a Day Till Date

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Shimla-Himachal reported the highest deaths due to coronavirus in the last 24 hours on Tuesday as 78 patients succumbed to severe symptoms of the infection. As of now, the official death toll stands at 2,447. The number of active Covid cases in the state reached 34,888 as 2,892 new cases of infection reported in the last 24 hours.

 With 23 deaths, the Hamirpur district reported the highest number of fatalities on Tuesday. In the Kangra district, 14 patients lost their lives, while ten patients were reported dead in Solan district. Out of 78 patients who succumbed to coronavirus on Tuesday, 55 had no comorbidities. Out of 15,700 Covid tests conducted across the state on Tuesday, results of 3,539 remain awaited.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 17, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

Amid the high fatality, the state government asked district administrations to explore all available means of transportation on Tuesday.  Besides ambulances, the state government has asked local administrations to sought vehicles available with Army, Paramilitary, ESI, Hydroelectric projects, and more to facilitate the movement of Covid-19 confirmed or suspected patients to hospitals.

All the ambulances in the twelve districts of the state are being mapped onto emergency number 108 for ease of transport services, the government said. Those patients who are currently at home may dial 108 for mobilization of the ambulance.

Many children have lost their parents amidst the deadly second wave of coronavirus. According to official data, seven children in Himachal have lost their parents due to Covid-19. Addressing this issue on Tuesday, the state government announced that it would ensure care and protection of orphan children. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government would provide financial aid, of Rs 2500 to each child every month. The state government has also issued directions to field officers to initiate immediate action for placing the children under foster care. 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 18 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

COVID CASES IN HIMACHAL ON MAY 18

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Covid Orphans Seven Children in Himachal So Far, To be Placed Under Foster Care

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Shimla-The Corona pandemic has not only adversely affected the economy but has also devastated families. The deadly second wave has orphaned several children in Himachal Pradesh. There are instances where the children lost both their parents and left in the lurch. In other cases, life has become hard for children with a single parent, especially those coming from economically weaker backgrounds. Such children are forced to confront not only hardships, but they are also traumatized.

According to the official data, as of now seven children in the State have been orphaned due to Covid-19 and all these children were living with their kith and kin.

The Government said it had approached their guardians but they have refused to send the children to the Child Care Institutions. Therefore, the directions have been issued to the field officers to initiate action for placing them under foster care and provide Rs. 2500 per child per month up to the age of 18 years to the foster parents/children.

The state government also said that those children who are enrolled in Child Care Institutions and are temporarily restored to their families due to closure of schools amid the Covid pandemic would be provided Rs. 2000 per month to enable them to continue their online education. Presently 598 children were being benefitted under this Scheme, the state government claimed.

Further, the children up to the age of 18 years who either have lost their parents or are suffering from Covid would be provided shelter and care in Child Care Institutions.

The employees working in these institutions have been declared as frontline workers for purpose of vaccination.

Under the Mother Teresa Asahay Matri Sambal Yojna, financial assistance of Rs. 6000 per child per annum was being provided to widows for maintenance of two children up to the age of 18 years. Families whose annual income does not exceed Rs. 35000 were being covered under this Scheme, the government informed.

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Weather Alert in Himachal, Heavy Rainfall and Hailstorm Predicted for Two Days

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Shimla-With the onset of Western Disturbances in northern India, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has issued a yellow alert for May 18th, 19th and 20th in the plain/low hills and middle hills. For higher hills, a yellow alert has been issued for May 19th and 20th with predictions of heavy rain in most areas and chances of snow in some parts.

The meteorological department has issued a yellow alert for Una, Bilaspur, Kangra, Hamirpur, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur. In some areas of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur, the higher hill areas can receive snowfall.

The minimum temperature recorded in Shimla on Tuesday was 16.3 degree Celsius, 15.3 in Sunder Nagar, 12.1 in Bhuntar, 7.1 in Kalpa, 16.0 in Dharamshala, 20.8 in Una, 19.5 in Nahan, 3.0 in Kelang, 18.0 in Palampur, 16.0 in Solan, 10.0 in Manali, 19.0 in Kangra, 15.0 in Mandi, 16.8 in Bilaspur, 17.2 in Hamirpur, 14.0 in Chamba, 17.0 in Dalhousie and 14.4 degree Celsius in Kufri.

The maximum temperature recorded on Monday in Una was 40.4 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in Bilaspur was 39.5, 38.8 in Hamirpur, 35.4 in Kangra, 35.0 in Nahan, 34.4 in Sunder Nagar, 34.3 in Chamba, 33.1 in Bhuntar, 31.6 in Solan, 27.4 in Dharamshala, 26.6 in Shimla, 22.0 in Kalpa, 21.3 in Dalhousie and 17.2 degree Celsius in Kelang.

As defined by the Met department, low hills/plains cover Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Parts of District of Kangra (Nurpur, Jwala and Dehra), Solan (Nalagarh, Baddi, Arki and Kunihar), and Sirmaur (Nahan and Ponta Sahib.

Middle hills cover Shimla, mandi, Kullu, some parts of Chamba (Sihunta, Chowari and Chamba), and most parts of Solan and Sirmaur district.

Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Upper parts of Kullu and Mandi falls in the higher hills.

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